Asbestos Litigation

Understanding and quantifying asbestos litigation compensation and costs can help policymakers assess how best to resolve future claims for everyone involved.

Since the 1980s, the ICJ has published the most comprehensive research on asbestos litigation in the country. The research focuses on estimating the scale of the litigation, describing trends over time, and analyzing the factors underlying such trends. How many claims have been filed? By whom? Against whom? For what kinds of conditions? At what cost? How much of the money spent is going to injured parties? If current trends continue, how many people will bring asbestos claims in the future and at what cost to defendants?

This work identifies the dimensions of the litigation so that policymakers can assess whether the tort system or some other alternative is the best way to resolve asbestos claims in the future.